Win tickets to the NZSO Mozart & Mahler concert

Music lovers, take note!

TPicture of music noteshe New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 2018 season continues next month with a concert featuring works by Mozart and Mahler on Wednesday 11 April at Horncastle Arena.

International piano duo Christina and Michelle Naughton will perform Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos. The other piece performed for this concert will be Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. Composed in 1901, the beautiful Adagietto 4th movement is probably the most recognisable of Mahler’s compositions and has been played at significant events in history, including the funeral of Robert Kennedy. With its haunting strings and harp, it is Mahler’s love song to his wife, Alma.

We have 2 double passes to give away to library members. All you need to do is name the video eResource where you can find a 2004 performance of Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 5 (the answer is in this blog post) and fill out the competition entry form. Entries close at 5pm on Tuesday, 3 April and winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 April.

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Win tickets to the NZSO Mozart & Beethoven concert

Music lovers, take note!

TPicture of music noteshe New Zealand Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 season continues next month with a concert featuring works by Beethoven, Mozart, and John Adams on 4 April at Horncastle Arena. A free pre-concert talk also takes place 45 mins prior to the concert.

The pieces performed will be:

We have 2 double passes to give away to library members. All you need to do is name one of our music eResources and fill out the competition entry form. Entries close at 5pm on Monday, 27 March and winners will be announced on Tuesday 28 March.

A night at the opera

cover of Imagining Don GiovanniI’m off to the opera! I haven’t been to a live opera for a long time so it will be a special occasion. The bonus is that it is my favourite opera Don Giovanni.

Rather to my surprise my daughter expressed an interest in going. Somehow these days I think of opera as a grey hairs preserve. It is often expensive to go to and doesn’t get much exposure to younger people. This is a shame as the music is beautiful and the stagings are often spectacular. Also the days of “messy sopranos” of large size are well gone. Opera stars are pretty glamorous – think Teddy Tahu Rhodes (sigh). Kiri Te Kanawa was stunning in the Joseph Losey movie of Don Giovanni  and continued to fly the flag for glamorous divas. Who can forget that outfit at the royal wedding as she warbled Let the bright seraphim. Now she is about to star as Dame Nellie Melba in Downton Abbey.

Kiwis have made a strong contribution to international opera over the years – we  have many recordings. Here are just a few:

Don Giovanni is a fabulous opera. I was seduced by Joseph Losey’s film version. I’d recommend watching that if you can get it. Since then I have listened to the music many times and watched the film over as well. That is one of the joys of opera – there are many DVDs of different stage performances and we have a large selection at our libraries.

The venue this time is the CBS Canterbury Arena, not the most sympathetic perhaps but the time is not that far away when the Theatre Royal will again be available for performances.

Of all the beautiful operatic arias do you have a favourite? Is there one opera which stands out for you?

Can’t go, won’t go – try listening at home!

MOZART: Don Giovanni (excerpts) (arr. for wind ensemble) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Barenboim) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (arr. for string quartet) (Franz Joseph String Quartet)
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Berlin Philharmonic, Barenboim) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (arr. for wind ensemble) (Linos Ensemble) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Harding)
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Giulini) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Giulini) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni (Norrington)
MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni, Act I [Opera](Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Vol. 6) (Krips) (1955) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Bohm) MOZART, W.A.: Don Giovanni [Opera] (Giulini) (1959)

Listen to the Don, at home with Naxos Music Library.